Grand old world colonial in the heart of cu… – vrbo e gaskell

Situated in an old colonial building, right in the heart of Cuenca’s El Centro, within easy walking distance to all the sites you’ll want to see! Even though the building dates back to before we were born, the apartment has been completely upgraded and modernized but without losing the character and charm.

The living room is HUGE with dramatic 11ft high ceilings of elaborate design, trimmed with equally dramatic crown moldings, and topped off with large, ornate, wrought iron chandeliers. Large windows let in plenty of light . The living area is outfitted with a large L-shaped sofa, flat screen TV (with HDMI ports so you can watch TV (even USA stations!) from your laptop), and DVD player (with library of over 100 DVD’s to choose from).

The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you’ll need (except food!). Lots of counter prep-space plus upper and lower cabinets. 6-burner gas cooktop/oven, microwave, toaster, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, food processor, tall refrigerator, and lots of cooking gadgets. Most places are pretty stingy when it comes to outfitting the kitchen. NOT this one! Coffee/tea, condiments, cooking oil and spices are also provided.

I offer a significant discount for stays of 30 nights or more! The discount is automatically calculated based on the dates you enter. In the end, you’ll find the daily cost of this apartment to be LESS than an average hotel here in Cuenca, especially when you consider the additional expenses of eating out all the time. Ask yourself…"How many nights would I get for the same price, if I stayed at a hotel?”

Our apartment had everything any guest could need, just like the comforts of home. The kitchen had more gadgets than mine. We slept well on the bed with plenty of covers for cool nights. Living room and dining room provided comfortable seating for us and any guests we could have invited. A bonus was the washer and dryer in the apartment … no need to find the laundromat.

Dano provides his "bible" to all guests. This book was priceless in our quest for anything and everything in Cuenca and the surrounding communities. Recommendations on restaurants, shopping, art work, trips, hang-outs … it was all there. An amazing resource.

We took several day trips (Devil’s Nose Train trip, Ingapirca Ruins, San Bartolome, Chordeleg and Gualaceo) and enjoyed museums, artisan workshops, a spa, the zoo and the rum caves of San Miguel in and around Cuenca. Each different and worth the trip.

A word of caution: if you come from a warm climate be prepared for cool temps. You are at 8,400 fas an it gets cool quickly. There is no space heater in the apartment so bring some snuggly clothes for sitting around watching TV, reading or playing games in the evening when you’re not very active (or you can buy what you need when you get there).

Last February my husband and I spent two weeks in Dano’s excellent apartment. I am late in doing this review only because life at home has been busy – but not at all because of any hesitations we have about recommending this apartment if you want to stay in the centre of historic Cuenca. If so, we very much recommend you stay here. Not only was it as described but Dano’s hospitality was amazing. He met us, showed us around and pointed out the extremely thorough "bible", which he had also sent us in advance, of information on the apartment, restaurants, shops and sights in Cuenca (and elsewhere in Ecuador). We used this guide extensively and really appreciated the thoughtful detail Dano put into it. Just as he had told us, it was easy to buy groceries locally and to find our way, on foot or in taxi’s to Cuenca sites. Inside the apartment everything was in good working order and well-maintained. The bathroom was quite small but the well-documented instructions from Dano about what to do if we ever had no hot water were never needed. The kitchen was well set-up, though other than breakfast we mostly ate out at the many very reasonable restaurants in the area. And from the first day when Dano introduced us to the Otavalan family with a stall just outside the building door we felt like we were part of the neighbourhood.